Montreal, November 7, 2017 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present A Century Songbook by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT). This uplifting show, celebrating 100 years of Jewish life in Montreal, will be on the Segal Centre mainstage for 5 performances only, from November 26 to November 29, 2017.
A Musical Journey Dedicated to a Century of Jewish History
In honour of the centennial anniversary of Federation CJA, a cast of 30 and a 6-piece band bring you this musical retrospective concert, celebrating the past hundred years of the Montreal Jewish community’s achievements and challenges through song, dance, and personal stories. Singers, actors and dancers take us through daily life and historic landmarks: the early immigration to Montreal, the roaring 20s, the union movement, Baron Byng High, Fletcher’s Field, creation of the State of Israel, Sephardic immigration, Expo 67, March of the Living, the Soviet Jewry movement, community advocacy, and more. Iconic songs, dance, personal stories and projections are woven together to create a rich tapestry of the shared experiences of Montreal Jews through the decades.
100 Years of Music in 6 languages
With a repertoire that includes everything from folk music to rock, from anthems to show tunes, audiences can look forward to hearing well-loved and contemporary favourites from each era. While the majority of the show is in English, songs are also in French, Yiddish, Hebrew—and even Russian and Amharic—showcasing the diverse origins of the city’s Jewish community and reflecting the community’s issues and contributions from 1917 to 2017.
The DWYT is thrilled to have a group of gifted performers who have generously volunteered their time and talent: Salomé Assor, Arlene Berg, Madison Bernard, Danielle Buch, Herschel Chernofsky, Maia Cooper, Samuel Cooper, Billy Finkelstein, Keila Finkelstein, Stephanie Finkelstein, Cynthia Fish, Angela Hernandez, TY Jung, Betty Kis-Marer, Jesse Krolik, Bram Lackman-Mincoff, Jodi Lackman, Bronna Levy, Burney Lieberman, Catherine Marmen, Richard Martz, David Peterman, Mikey Samra, Moriel Shahin, Shirley Shnurbach, Rhona Sobol, and Sam Stein.
The show will also feature Yuri Vedenyapin, a Russian musician, and Ethiopian dancers Avishalom Dawit, Aster Mekuriaw, Hailu Girma, Yair Ayalin, Hana Genetu, and Malefia Zeleke.
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts presents
A Century Songbook
A Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre Production
An original show with songs and stories from the past
100 years of Jewish life in Montreal!
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
Sunday, November 26 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Monday, November 27 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29 – 8 p.m.
Piano NICK BURGESS
Drums PARKER BERT
Bass MIKE DE MASI
Reeds BETH MCKENNA
Violin JESSICA GAL
Guitar SIMON LEGAULT
Written by EDIT KUPER
Director AUDREY FINKELSTEIN
Musical Director NICK BURGESS
Producers EDIT KUPER and ARON GONSHOR
Choreographer JENNY BRIZARD
Set/Lighting Designer MICHAEL SINNOTT
Production Stage Manager STEPHEN ALARIE
Associate Producer PAUL-BRIAN IMPERIAL
Rehearsal Stage Manager CONOR O’NEIL
Jewish Programs Manager SIVAN SLAPAK
Assistant Video Designer ADINA KATZ
About the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT) is the resident theatre company of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Canada’s oldest and most important Yiddish-language theatre. Since 1958, the DWYT has been dramatizing the Jewish experience and sustaining the Yiddish theatre legacy at home in Montreal and abroad. The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has presented over 90 critically-acclaimed productions, ranging from classics and original works to dramas and musicals. Founded by Dora Wasserman, OC, OQ, the company was led to new heights by Dora’s daughter, Bryna Wasserman, who remains its Artistic Director. The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is delighted that many members of this show’s creative team are a product of the DWYT. In this vein, they are also pleased that a large contingent of young adults recently have taken on the leadership of the DWYT, steering it into its next generation.
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre, and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montreal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal and has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. The Segal is home to the celebrated Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (est. 1958), and a recognized artistic leader in Montreal’s Jewish community. The Segal believes in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities and is committed to offering relevant, engaging, and accessible programming. www.segalcentre.org